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Keeping Your Weight Off Your Ankle

It is becoming increasingly obvious that being overweight poses a number of health issues. One that may have escaped the attention of parents is the fact that overweight and obese children recover more slowly from ankle sprains. 

Research shows that overweight and obese children report greater symptoms six months after an ankle injury. In fact, the overweight children (aged 8 to 18) were more than twice as likely as a non-overweight study participants to report pain with activity, persistent swelling, and weakness. In light of these findings, overweight and obese children should be targeted for close follow-up and rehabilitation after and acute ankle injury. This is one more reason for anyone to keep his or her weight within normal limits. 

Of course, anyone, regardless of their body size, needs to take care of a bad sprain or any injury to the joints of the leg. At our facility, our professional therapists can get you back on your feet, whether you're dealing with a hurt ankle, knee, hip, or any other injury. We can tailor a course of therapy unique to your individual situation using a wide variety of rehabilitation techniques. Call 949-429-3220 today to learn about our wide range of services or visit our office at 27136 B Paseo Espada, Suite 1103, San Juan Capistrano.

P.S. Obese and overweight children can begin exercising by engaging in non-weight-bearing activities such as biking and swimming.